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COVID-19 information and updates

Wintec is operating at Alert Level 1. At Alert Level 1 it is considered COVID-19 is contained in New Zealand but we need to be ready in case it reappears in our community. 

Below you can find our latest COVID-19 news and communications, frequently asked questions and additional resources to support you and your whānau during these unprecedented times.

We are here for you and the wider Wintec community and will continue to update you with information during this time through the Wintec website, student emails and on our Facebook pages. Additionally, you can contact us by email and phone during business hours, from Monday to Friday.

Check in to Wintec

To help keep everyone safe, all students, staff and visitors must check in using the NZ COVID Tracer App when you are on any of the Wintec campuses. Find more information and instructions here.


Financial help for students

Students experiencing unexpected financial hardship affecting their study can apply for the Manaaki Financial Support Grant. Find information on this plus StudyLink, scholarships and free courses here.


Wintec Updates

You can access all Wintec COVID-19 updates here for students and our community, including past and present communications.


Frequently asked questions

Do you have a question? Check out our frequently asked questions and answers here.


Unite against COVID-19

For government updates, resources and guidance, check out the New Zealand's dedicated COVID-19 site.



Financial support is available for eligible students. Please check with StudyLink for information on this and your student loan or allowance.


Looking after your health and wellbeing

You can find the full range of Wintec Support Services here and on our frequently asked questions page. We understand this may be a stressful time, and below are some additional tools and resources you may like to access.

External help

If you need help dealing with feelings of isolation or stress, please check out the Mental Health Foundation website. Here you will find a large range of information and resources to support you.


Wintec Health Services

Find out what Wintec Health Services are available throughout this time and how to access them. In addition to counselling services, our wellbeing support provider, Benestar, is also available at this time.


‘Need to Talk’

If at any time you wish to speak to someone you can free call or text 1737 to talk to a trained counsellor for free.



Healthline has set up a dedicated number specifically for COVID-19 related calls. Phone 0800 358 5453 or international +64 9 358 5453.


Do you need help?

If you have additional questions or need help, please contact us by email or phone 0800 2 Wintec (0800 294 6832).

You can also read the Wintec Temporary Policy Amendments for information on our academic response to critical incidents.


Challenges no obstacle for eight Wintec Adult Learner Award winners

Eight Wintec students achievement were recognised with the Wintec Adult Learner Awards

Eight adult students with a passion and determination for learning, were recognised with the 2020 Adult Learner Awards in Wintec, Hamilton. 

The outstanding student winners study a diverse range of vocational qualifications including architecture, music and performing arts, IT, midwifery, teaching, nursing, languages and sport and exercise science, and are all at least 25 years old.  

The recipients of this year’s awards were Annaleise Giles (Architectural Technology), Keri Pewhairangi (Bachelor of Music & Performing Arts), Grayson Newton-Smith (Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)) and Park Chatchawalit (New Zealand Certificate in English) who received the Foundation and Adult Leaner Award.   

The Māori and Pasifika Adult Learner Award was shared between Vicky Henry (Bachelor of Midwifery), Sasha Harper (Bachelor of Sport & Exercise Science – Level 7), Eady Manawaiti (Bachelor of Technology), while Eunseo Park (Bachelor of Nursing) received the International Student Award. 

Wintec Acting Dean and Director People and Culture Katrina Van de Ven acknowledges the Adult Learner Awards have been celebrated at Wintec since 2004. 

“Our adult learners have returned to learning and through dedication and commitment, many achieve beyond what they ever thought possible.  

“They are making an investment in their futures and as learners, they face challenges. Many have made big sacrifices, balancing time, energy, family and work commitments to keep going. It’s not an easy road and we acknowledge that.” 

Van de Ven says that many students who come to study later in life are clearer about what they want to study and why, with set goals and outcomes arising from having a bit of life experience under their belts. 

“Having prior experience in the workforce and just everyday life experience can provide adults with skills that can help them succeed at tertiary study. If mature age students need extra support, we offer workshops and pastoral care including kaiāwhina support for our Māori and Pasifika students and we also offer specific support for our international students. 

“This year has been particularly challenging for many of our adult learners as they have faced extra obstacles due to COVID-19. The resilience and tenacity of these students has really shone through, and we’re so proud of their continued efforts and achievements in the face of adversity.” 

To be nominated for the Adult Learner Awards students must be over 25 years old, balance roles and responsibilities associated with being an adult learner and enrolled in a full or part-time programme at Wintec. 

Van de Ven says nominees should demonstrate enthusiasm, determination, show support and encouragement to other learners, share new skills, knowledge and abilities, and challenge themselves and others with new ideas.  

Wintec’s Adult Learner Awards are part of The Festival of Adult Learning, Ahurei  Ākonga a UNESCO initiative supported by the Tertiary Education Commission, adult and community education providers, and the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. It incorporates International Literacy Day celebrated on 8 September each year.